Publisher agreements

Open Research

The University of Aberdeen is committed to open research, ensuring there are no barriers to sharing knowledge.

Publisher agreements

Open Access Publisher Agreements

The University has several agreements with publishers that allow gold open access at no additional cost or that offer a discounted APC. Where the agreement is for a discounted APC if you are not eligible for payment from the block grants you must have funds available to cover the APC. Many of the agreements are open to all researchers at the University but some are restricted to researchers with funding from UKRI, Wellcome or the British Heart Foundation. Please see below for details.

Authors are strongly encouraged to publish gold open access articles funded by UoA agreements under the CC BY licence. This licence allows for maximum dissemination and re-use of the article and is mandated by most funders. 

ACS (American Chemical Society)

ACS 

Publishes Fully Open Access and Hybrid Journals


 

If you are a corresponding author affiliated with the University of Aberdeen, you can publish original research articles in ACS journals open access at no cost to you through the JISC transitional Read and Publish Agreement.  Both hybrid and fully open access titles are included.

 

Instructions

 

During Submission via ACS Paragon Plus, as a corresponding author, select your institution from a drop-down box and use your affiliated university email address.

Check that your institution affiliation is stated in the body of the manuscript as the corresponding author’s affiliation.

Complete the Journal Publishing Agreement to publish open access and retain copyright.

Your institution will be alerted of your request and, if the request is approved, your work will be published at no additional cost to you as ACS open access via a CC-BY 4.0 license and made freely available on the ACS Publications website.

 

Eligible research output:

Research and review articles

Charges other than the article processing charge (APC) may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines.

For further information please see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

 

AIP (American Institute of Physics)

AIP

Publishes Fully Open Access and Hybrid Journals


 

If you are a corresponding author affiliated with the University of Aberdeen, you can publish original research articles in AIP hybrid journals open access at no cost to you through the JISC transitional Read and Publish Agreement.  Only Hybrid Journals are included.

 

Instructions

 

Make sure you are listed as the corresponding author, both in the AIP online submission system and in your manuscript.

Please use an affiliated university email address and select UoA from the institutions drop-down box.

Your article will be tagged to publish open access.

Upon acceptance of your manuscript, you will be able to choose and sign the CC BY or CC BY-NC open access license. CC BY is encouraged to allow maximum reuse and is mandated by most funders.

 

Eligible research output:

Research and review articles

 

Charges other than the article processing charge (APC) may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines.

For further information please see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

BMC

We have a prepay account with BMC open to UKRI and Wellcome funded authors. Please ensure that you have approval from your DoR and confirmed that funds are available to cover the APC with the Schol Comms team before submitting an article. You will be provided with an institutional code to access the account by the Schol Comms team.

Brill

Brill

Publishes fully Open Access and Hybrid Journals


 

If you are a corresponding author affiliated with the University of Aberdeen, you can publish original research articles in all Brill journals open access at no cost to you through the JISC transitional Read and Publish Agreement.  Both hybrid and fully open access titles are included.

 

Instructions

 

Submit your article to your journal contact at Brill with the request to publish in Open Access and indicate that you are an author affiliated to University of Aberdeen. Once accepted the article will be published in Open Access right away and free of charge.

If you submit your article through Editorial Manager, you will be asked during the submission process whether you are eligible for the agreement. Once accepted, the article will be published in Open Access right away and free of charge.

 

Eligible research output:

Research articles, review articles and conference papers

Charges other than the article process charge (APC) may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines.

For further information please see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press

Publishes fully Open Access and Hybrid Journals


 

If you are a corresponding author affiliated with the University of Aberdeen, you can publish original research articles in participating CUP journals open access at no cost to you through the JISC transitional Read and Publish Agreement.  Both hybrid and fully open access titles are included.

 

Instructions

 

Please use an affiliated university email address and indicate your affiliation with the University of Aberdeen during submission.

See the CUP webpages for a list of participating journals and for further information.

 

Eligible research output:

Review Articles, Brief Reports, Case Reports, Rapid Communications, Research articles

Charges other than the article process charge (APC) may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines.

For further information please see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

 

Company of Biologists

Company of Biologists

Publishes fully Open Access and Hybrid Journals


 

If you are a corresponding author affiliated with the University of Aberdeen, you can publish original research articles in three hybrid Company of Biologists journals (Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology) open access at no cost to you through the JISC transitional Read and Publish Agreement.  Only these hybrid journals are included.

 

 

Instructions

 

The affiliation of the corresponding author is used to determine eligibility for discounted or waived article processing charges so please ensure that the corresponding author is agreed before submission.

When providing your contact details, please include your institutional email address, as well as the full name and address of your institution, including country.

Please follow the on-screen instructions and be sure to select “Gold Open Access” and “Read & Publish fee waiver”.

 

Eligible research output:

Original research articles

 

Charges other than the article processing charge (APC) may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines.

 

For further information please see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

 

Elsevier

Elsevier

Publishes fully Open Access and Hybrid Journals


 

If you are a corresponding author affiliated with the University of Aberdeen, you can publish original research articles in participating Elsevier hybrid journals open access at no cost to you through the JISC transitional Read and Publish Agreement. 

This agreement does not apply to fully open access titles; where funds are available for APCs in fully open access titles a 15% discount will apply. Please select University of Aberdeen as your affiliated institution when submitting your article for publication.

 

Instructions

 

Please use an affiliated university email address and indicate your affiliation with the University of Aberdeen during submission.

During the submission process, the system will present you with personalised publishing options including any agreement or offer that you may be eligible for. You can indicate your publishing choice during submission, but you are not required to finalize your choice until after acceptance.

Once the journal accepts your article, you will receive an email containing a link to the “post acceptance author journey”.

You will be asked to review your affiliation and funder details. Based on this information, you will see personalised publishing options including the option to publish under the agreement.

 

Eligible research output:

Research articles, review articles, case reports, data in brief, micro article, original software publication, protocol, replication study, short communication, short survey, video article, practice guideline. Some exceptions apply for the Lancet and Cell Press.

 

Charges other than the article processing charge (APC) may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines.

For further information please see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

 

Frontiers Institutional Discount

We have an agreement with Frontiers where we can offer a 10% discount on the APC to UKRI and Wellcome funded researchers. Please ensure that you have approval from your DoR and confirmed that funds are available in the block grant to cover the APC with the Schol Comms team before submitting an article. 

This agreement expires September 2022.

Geological Society of London

Geological Society of London

Publishes fully Open Access and Hybrid Journals


 

If you are a corresponding author affiliated with the University of Aberdeen, you can publish original research articles in the Geological Society of London’s Lyell collection titles open access at no cost to you through the JISC transitional Read and Publish Agreement. 

The following 7 hybrid journals and 3 book series are included:

Journal of the Geological Society,

Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology,

Petroleum Geoscience,

Geoenergy

Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis,

Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society,

Scottish Journal of Geology,

Special Publications,

Memoirs

Engineering Geology Special Publications.

 

Instructions

 

Please use an affiliated university email address and indicate your affiliation with the University of Aberdeen during submission.

 

Eligible research output:

Applies to all output types submitted for publication in 2022-2023.

 

Charges other than the article processing charge (APC) may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines.

For further information please see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

 

IoP

IoP

Publishes fully Open Access and ‘Hybrid’ Journals


 

If you are a corresponding author affiliated with the University of Aberdeen, you can publish original research articles in eligible IoP journals open access at no cost to you. Refer to List A for a list of eligible titles. https://publishingsupport.iopscience.iop.org/questions/eligible-journals-transformative-agreements/

 

Instructions

 

Please use an affiliated university email address and indicate your affiliation with the University of Aberdeen during submission.

IoP will automatically identify qualifying articles and inform authors of their inclusion.

 

Eligible research output:

Research articles, reviews, letters, papers, reviews, and special issue articles.

 

Charges other than the article processing charge (APC) may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines.

For further information please see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

 

Karger

Karger

Publishes fully Open Access and ‘Hybrid’ Journals


 

If you are a corresponding author affiliated with the University of Aberdeen, you can publish original research articles in participating Karger hybrid journals open access at no cost to you through the SHEDL transitional Read and Publish Agreement. Our agreement provides full coverage of APC and Authors’ ChoiceTM publication fee, including all additional publication costs for articles published in full Open Access and Hybrid journals.

 

Instructions

 

Please use an affiliated university email address and indicate your affiliation with the University of Aberdeen during submission.

Include information on grants in the Funding Sources section of the paper.

 

For further information please see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

 

Microbiology Society

Microbiology Society

Publishes fully Open Access and ‘Hybrid’ Journals


 

If you are a corresponding author affiliated with the University of Aberdeen, you can publish original research articles in all Microbiology Society of London journals open access at no cost to you through the JISC transitional Read and Publish Agreement.  Both hybrid and fully open access titles are included.

 

Instructions

 

Please use an affiliated university email address and indicate your affiliation with the University of Aberdeen during submission.

Include information on grants in the Funding Sources section of the paper.

 

Eligible research output:

Research and review articles

 

Charges other than the article processing charge (APC) may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines.

For further information please see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

 

Open Library of Humanities

Open Library of Humanities

Not-for-Profit Library Publishing Partnership supporting Diamond Open Access


The University of Aberdeen supports The Open Library of Humanities (OLH), a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article   processing charges (APCs). OLH is funded by an international consortium of libraries with the aim of making scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future.

The OLH publishing platform supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines, as well as hosting its own multidisciplinary journal. Free to publish under a Creative Commons licence please see here for the list of journals and how to submit.

Oxford university Press

Oxford University Press

Publishes fully Open Access and Hybrid Journals


 

If you are a corresponding author affiliated with the University of Aberdeen, you can publish original research articles in participating OUP journals open access at no cost to you through the JISC transitional Read and Publish Agreement.  Both hybrid and fully open access titles are included.

 

Instructions

 

  1. Once your paper has been accepted for publication, as the corresponding author you will receive an email with a link to OUP’s online licencing and payment system.
  2. Log in to sign your licence to publish and choose an Open Access licence. [Please note, you will be asked to confirm that you will pay the Open Access charge but you will not need to pay the charge provided that your eligibility is confirmed by the institution. We recommend you check eligibility with your institution before choosing the Open Access licence.]
  3. Proceed to payment and select ‘Scottish institutions (SHEDL affiliated)’ from the dropdown list of institutions beneath ‘Open Access Prepayment Account’ on the Article Charges page.
  4. Check the ‘Refer Charge?’ box next to the Open Access charge, and then click ‘Refer Charges’ at the bottom of the page.
  5. Provide the information requested on the ‘Confirm Address’ page and complete the request. You will receive an email confirming that your request has been sent.
  6. You will receive an email when the verification process is complete and the Open Access charge has been paid.

 

Eligible research output:

Original research and review articles.

 

Charges other than the article process charge (APC) may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines.

For further information please see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

 

PLOS

PLoS (Public Library of Science)

Publishes fully Open Access Journals only


If you are a corresponding author affiliated to the University of Aberdeen, you can publish open access at no cost to you in the following six PLOS titles with the fees covered by our institutional agreement. PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Digital Health, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLOS ONE, PLOS Pathogens.

 

Instructions

 

Please use an affiliated university email address and indicate your affiliation with the University of Aberdeen during submission.

Include information on grants in the Funding Sources section of the paper.

 

Eligible research output:

 

Flat Fee participation covers all article types at any of the eligible journals, including any new article types that become available during the agreement period.

 

Charges other than the article processing charge (APC) may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines.

 

 

For further information please see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

 

Rockefeller Press

Rockefeller Press

Publishes fully Open Access and Hybrid Journals


 

If you are a corresponding author affiliated to the University of Aberdeen, you can publish open access in any of the Rockefeller University Press three hybrid journals (Journal of Cell Biology, Journal of Experimental Medicine, Journal of General Physiology) at no cost to you. Eligible authors will be automatically identified by the journal.

 

Instructions

 

 

Please use an affiliated university email address and indicate your affiliation with the University of Aberdeen during submission.

Include information on grants in the Funding Sources section of the paper.

 

Eligible research output:

This agreement covers only research articles

 

Charges other than the article processing charge (APC) may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines.

For further information please see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

 

Royal Society

Royal Society

Publishes fully Open Access and Hybrid Journals


 

If you are a corresponding author affiliated to the University of Aberdeen, you can publish open access in Royal Society journals at no cost to you through the JISC transitional Read and Publish Agreement. Both hybrid and fully open access titles are included.

 

 

Instructions 

 

Please use an affiliated university email address and indicate your affiliation with the University of Aberdeen during submission.

Select the ‘Read & Publish’ option.

 

Eligible research output:

Research and review articles

 

Charges other than the article processing charge (APC) may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines.

For further information please see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

Royal Society of Chemistry

Royal Society of Chemistry

Publishes fully Open access and Hybrid Journals


 

If you are a corresponding author affiliated to the University of Aberdeen, you can publish open access in Royal Society of Chemistry hybrid journals at no cost to you through the JISC transitional Read and Publish agreement.

Eligible research output:

All peer reviewed article types are eligible for publication in this agreement which fall into three main categories: full papers, communications, and reviews.

 

Charges other than the article processing charge (APC) may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines.

For further information please see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

 

Sage

Sage

Publishes fully Open Access and Hybrid Journals


 

If you are a corresponding author affiliated with the University of Aberdeen, you can publish open access in 900+ subscription journals in the current SAGE Premier package, as well as in the IMechE Journal Collection and the Royal Society of Medicine Collection, which offer hybrid open access publishing (SAGE Choice) at no cost to you through the JISC transitional Read and Publish Agreement.

 

Instructions

 

Please use an affiliated university email address and indicate your affiliation with the University of Aberdeen during submission.

Authors in subscription journals do not need to take any further action to benefit from this offer. As soon an institution is set up as part of the agreement, SAGE will contact all eligible authors to inform them of the Open Access agreement with SHEDL and to invite them to the SAGE Open Access Portal to take up the offer as soon as their accepted article has been received into SAGE’s Production department.

Author's publishing in fully open access journals will be eligible for a 20% discount on the APC.

 

Eligible research output:

Original research article and review article

Charges other than the article processing charge (APC) may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines.

For further information please see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

 

Springer Compact Agreement

Springer Compact

Publishes fully Open Access and Hybrid Journals


 

If you are a corresponding author affiliated with the University of Aberdeen, you can publish open access at no cost to you under the Springer Compact Agreement in participating Springer Open Choice articles through the JISC transitional Read and Publish Agreement. Only Hybrid titles are included.

 

Instructions

 

Please use an affiliated university email address and select University of Aberdeen as your affiliated institution when submitting your article for publication.

 

Eligible research output:

Original Paper, Review Paper, Brief Communication and Continuing Education

 

Please note that it does not apply to fully open access titles or the Palgrave and Nature branded journals.

Springer have confirmed that UKRI funded authors will be permitted to deposit manuscripts accepted for publication in hybrid journals not covered by the agreements in their institutional repository in compliance with funder policy.

Charges other than the article processing charge (APC) may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines.

For further information please see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

 

Springer Open

Springer Open

Hybrid Publisher


 

We have a prepay account with Springer Open available to UKRI and Wellcome funded authors. Please ensure that you have approval from your DoR and confirmed that funds are available to cover the APC with the Scholarly Communications team before submitting an article. You will be provided with an institutional code to access the account by the Scholarly Communications team.

 

Please note that this account does not include Palgrave and Nature branded journals.

Springer have confirmed that UKRI funded authors will be permitted to deposit manuscripts accepted for publication in hybrid journals in their institutional repository in compliance with funder policy. Contact us for details.

Charges other than the article processing charge (APC) may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines.

For further information please see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

Taylor & Francis

Taylor & Francis

Publishes fully Open Access and Hybrid Journals


 

If you are a corresponding author affiliated to the University of Aberdeen you can publish original research articles open access in Open Select hybrid Taylor & Francis and Routledge journals at no cost to you through the JISC transitional Read and Publish Agreement.

 

Instructions

 

Please use an affiliated university email address and select University of Aberdeen as your affiliated institution when submitting your article for publication.

 

Please note that this agreement does not apply to fully open access titles. Article Processing Charges (APCs) will be applied at the full rate for articles published in fully open access titles.

 

Eligible research output:

Research Article, Review Article, Report, Short Communication, Case Report, Note, Original Article, Guest Editorial

Charges other than the article processing charge (APC) may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines.

For further information please see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

 

Wiley

Wiley

Publishes fully Open Access and Hybrid Journals


 

If you are the responsible corresponding author affiliated with the University of Aberdeen you can publish in any of Wiley’s fully gold Open Access or Wiley’s hybrid, OnlineOpen journals at no cost to you through the JISC transitional Read and Publish Agreement. Subject to availability of sufficient funds and approval from eligible institutions' Wiley Open Access Account holders.

 

Instructions

 

Please use an affiliated university email address and select University of Aberdeen as your affiliated institution when submitting your article for publication.

 

Eligible research output:

Primary research and review articles.

 

Charges other than the author article processing charge (APC) may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines.

For further information please see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk